An Interview with General Martinez from Destiny of Kings
Martinez is one of a number of main characters in my debut novel, Destiny of Kings. I thought it might be interesting to ask him a few questions so that readers might have a little insight into what makes him tick. You might find this a little strange, but it is a great exercise for me as I continue to write book 2 in the Covenant of Grace series, due for release in May 2015. It might also help you understand Martinez and his deepest thoughts.
An Interview with Martinez
Q. Where do you live?
I travel a lot. Home is a distant memory, something I left behind many years ago. Home is a place where pain is found. When my mother died, I no longer felt that I had a home.
Q. Are you the hero of your own story?
Some people might believe so, but there are so many others who have sacrificed so much. No, I do not think I am the hero.
Q. Do you embrace conflict?
No, I do what has to be done, but I never seek out conflict. Taking life is not something I find any joy in. I would rather see a world without conflict, yet I know that is too much to hope for.
Q. What are your achievements?
I have won battles and fought for my King, but I have no real achievements. Achievements are made by men with wives and children. Those who leave a legacy behind.
Q. What do you want most?
I want the love of a woman I can not have. All I ever wanted was to have her for my wife, but she can never be mine.
Q. What do you believe?
I believe in God but I really don’t believe in religion. My world is full of people who commit all types of atrocities in the name of religion. Faith on the other hand is different. Faith provides hope and gives a man purpose.
Q. What makes you angry?
I try not to get angry. To be angry is to lose your sense of judgement and will ultimately cause a man to make mistakes. A times everyone can get angry though. If I am angry, I keep it to myself. I believe I am a little like the pot that never quite boils.
Q. What makes you sad?
I would rather not speak of sadness. I am a pensive man and I have spent most of my life running from moments which have made me sad. Sadness seeps into the soul and destroys hope. If I stay away from sadness I can cling to the slither of light and pray for joy to return someday.
Q. Have you ever failed anyone?
I will, but I can not speak of it without spoiling the story.
Q. Are you honourable?
Being honourable is possibly the most important trait a man can have. I can not say I have always been honourable, or always will be, yet I have always seeked to be so. We all make mistakes. Some of us carry the burden, others are oblivious to the mistake altogether.
Q. Do you have any distinguishing marks?
I have a scar on my cheek. I am not sure you could call it distinguishing as many men bear scars, but those who know me, know of my scar.
Q. What was your childhood like?
My mother was beautiful and gave me all the love any boy could wish for. My father was also good to me, yet my mother was not his only wife and not all his wives were so gracious. We are a product of our childhood, so I can not say if my upbringing was good or bad, but it is what has made me who I am.
Q. Do you like remembering your childhood?
Some parts of my childhood are wonderful memories, yet those moments which were difficult are also worth remembering for very different reasons. We learn from every part of our childhood, the good and the bad. Remembering is how we avoid repeating the same mistakes. If we forget, or block it out, we make the same mistakes over and over again.
Q. What in your past had the most profound effect on you?
Do you mean before the story of Destiny of Kings or during the telling of the story? My mother’s death left a great hole in my spirit. Then there was the loss of my love. There is more of course, but you will have to read the book to learn the rest.
Q. Who is your true love?
Well I always thought it was my childhood love, but I have begun to believe otherwise.
Q. Have you ever had an adventure?
My life since I left home as a very young man has been nothing but adventure. Be warned, it is not always as grand as it would seem. Some moments have been truly great, while others have been heartbreaking to experience. That has not stopped me from continuing on the journey, but adventure is not all a man should long for.
Q. What is your favorite scent? Why?
Ah, if I tell you that I will be giving away too much. Let us just say it is the scent of a woman and the why will become evident.
Q. If you had the power to change one thing in the world that didn’t affect you personally, what would it be?
Everything ultimately will affect me personally. If I can save a life, it will be the life of someone I know or I would not know to save the life. If I could stop wars, I will not have to fight them, I am a general after all. If I could remove famine, there would be less chance of war and I would no longer have to fight. You see what I mean?
Q. How do you envision your future?
I would like to think I will be married, with children and then grandchildren, but then I know this is unlikely. I guard my heart closely and marrying without love is not something I can live with. My future is most likely filled with the continued fighting of the wars of kings. Do not get me wrong. A man has to have a purpose and it would seem that my purpose it to be a good general. If I could choose otherwise, I most likely would but this is my lot in life it would seem.
Some might believe that David is the main character in Destiny of Kings, but I believe Martinez is the protagonist of the story and I hope you have gotten to know him better through this interview.
I would love to hear from those who have read Destiny of Kings. Does this sound like the Martinez you discovered in the pages?